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"international newsroom" starts right now. welcome to "newsroom international. eye "i'm suzanne malveaux. we're going wered the world in 60 minutes. here's what's going on right now. check it out. protesters on the streets of cairo for a fourth straight day. you can see the crowds there. battle lines are now drawn. we're talking about newly empowered islamists versus remnants of the mubarak regime and the country's deeply divided liberals. they're going at it. the president's new powers now. today egyptian president mohammed morsi is meeting with the country's top judges to explain the extraordinary powers that he granted himself on thursday. among the decrees, judges cannot overturn any decision he makes or a law he imposes until a new constitution is finalized. mr. morsi extended the time to write the new constitution and he dismissed the country's attorney general. reza sayah is overlooking
everything in tahrir square. most of us were thinking that mohammed morsi really very much the peacemaker, key to the cease-fire between israel and hamas. doesn't even settle with the truce and then morsi announces this decree essentially a huge power grab. what is the significance? >> reporter: well, suzanne, the significance is until a parliament is formed here in egypt, until a constitution is drafted, he is the most powerful man in egypt, and, technically, he can do whatever he wants without any apparent oversight. that's why he is being called egypt's new dictator. that's why you have thousands of protests taking place behind us in tahrir square. the protesters represent the opposing factions, the liberals, the secularists, women's rights groups, the youth groups. essentially, their position is that we're not going to talk to mr. morsi until he rescinds his decrees, and we spoke to one of
his top advisors today, and he said he'll consider that, but first there needs to be a dialogue. let's take a listen to the advisor. >> what kind of concessions are you willing to make? >> this decision is up to the president. not for us. >> is it possible -- is it possible -- >> we are ready for our dialogue. >> are you prepared to consider rescinding adjusting some of these decrees? >> decree is up to the president. accepting it we may have some reservations, but as a whole, we must take a step forward, not two backward. mr. morsi's top advisor says he wants dialogue first. the opposition fabbings are saying they want mr. morsi to rescind the decrees first. that's where the dilemma is. >> what are people most concerned about?
you see them coming out in numbers here. this is very reminiscent whaf we saw before where there is semplly a pop list movement, an uprise, if you will. what are they so worried about it he has this much power. what do you think he is going to do? >> well, this is a critical time for egypt, of course. the all-important new constitution is being drafted by a panel of 100 individuals. the future of egypt, the future of democracy is going to depend on that particular drafting of the constitution, and right now many opposing factions are saying that panel that's drafting this constitution is being dominated by islamists, and one of his decrees last week said no one can dissolve this panel. there's been a lot of conflict. a lot of liberals have quit the panel in protest. he seems to be, according to these opposing factions, trying to push through this process, and the opposing factions are describing this as an undemocratic power graub, suzanne. >> we'll get back to you. you let us know how things develop in the street there.
if it heats up at all. there's also a dramatic change taking place in israel. the leadership there, defense minister ehud barack. is he now quitting. he says he is going to spend more time with his family. his resignation will take effect in january. that's where fred is following the story from jerusalem. first of all, fred, it's kind of funny to hear him say that because everybody it is that, want to spend more time with the family. is there a back story to this, or is that the real deal? >> reporter: is terminal seems as though there is one. it is definitely a shocker here in israel. of course, ehud barack has been part of public life here for decades. he was the prime minister and now for the past seven and a half years was the defense minister. a very prominent person. also, of course, a big military figure here in this country. he says for his part that it is, as you say, for personal reasons. he wants to spend more time with his family. especially his grandchildren. there are many people here in this country who believe that it is, indeed, for political reasons. he is currently really riding a high in public opinion polls after the military campaign that
israel waged against hamas in gaza. of course, he was the head of that military campaign, being the defense minister. that really bolstered his ratings. on the other hand, though, it looked as though in the upcoming election that is are going to happen on january 22nd that he probably would not get back into israel's parliament because the faxz that he leads in parliament is simply so small and doing so badly that they probably wouldn't get in, so it seemed as though the chances of him remaining defense minister were very, very slim. now he is seeming to take the high road out of office. >> fred, some people are definitely reading more into this. hannan is a member of the palestinian liberation organization's executive committee, and here's what she said. she said she hopes this signals recognition of the futility of the military approach and the adoption of violence as means of dealing with the palestinians. do you think, in fact, that by him leaving this is a message that perhaps that is true, that that is not the way to go? >> absolutely not. i mean, one of the things that
is definitely true about ehud barack is that he looks obviously very fondly back upon his own military career. he was, of course, a part of the special forces unit in the israeli military. he is someone who led the defense ministry for a very long time, and he was also very close to benjamin netanyahu, not only on the military policies towards gaza, but also, of course, towards iran, which was, of course, the major issue in the past couple of months really before the gaza offensive happened. if you look at public opinion polls here in israel, it's certainly not the case that people believe that the military effort in the gaza operation was futile in any way, shape, or form. in fact, most people believe that it should have gone on longer than it actually did. there were a lot of people who wanted to expand the air campaign. there were people who are for a ground invasion, but certainly there are very few people who believe that some form of military intervention in gaza was needed, so it certainly isn't that ehud barack would believe that israel's military policies were in any way futile, suzanne. >> fred, real quick. we spent a lot of time together
last week as these rockets were being fired back and forth. there's since been a cease-fire. has it held? is it pretty quiet where you are? >> there was an incident at one of the border crossings earlier today where a palestinian was shot. there were also a couple of smaller incidence as well where the israeli military opened fire by and large, though, the cease-fire has held. there haven't been any additional rocket attacks. there were a few in the early days of the cease-fire, but by and large, it is holding, and it seems to be a lot morrow bust than many people would have thought, so it looks as though as this point in time the prospect of another escalation seems to be fairly slim. of course, you can never say when you are looking at that conflict. >> all right. certainly hope that it holds. thank you, fred. appreciate it. you know, the future so uncertain in the middle east. we're going to take a look at a few lessons. the egyptian president can actually learn from the past. and this, pretty cool. it looks like a regular pen, but in the hands of a spy it is a deadly weapon. look out, tiger woods.
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to africa right now. the congo is now slipping into chaos. rebel fighters are taking the country by storm. they call themselves m23. the congolese government is desperately trying to convince them to leave goem yashg the eastern part of the democratic r republic of congo. the rebels have captured the city last year. it is in the heart of an area that is rich in natural resources. thousands of people have already left the city to escape the fighting. the fear is that things are only going to get worse. >> translator: the most important thing for us is peace. we want to go back to our homes because we grow our own food and do not depend on anyone. the food is too little here, and we are meant to share it for three days. >> united nations has its largest peacekeeping force actually in the congo. also in africa, politicians in both uganda and nigeria, they are targeting the country's gay population with now new legislation. critics say these new laws would single out gay africans for
persecution and violent attacks. cnn's david mckenzie has the story. >> reporter: it's become a rallying cry for the gay community in africa. the brutal slaying last year of uganda activist david cato. bludgeoned to death at his home. the state blamed a robbery. his friends said it was this. his front page photograph in a tabloid calling for days to be hanged. i met cato just months before his death. he was afraid. >> is there space in uganda to be a man and openly gay? >> public space, we don't have that. by the way, the problem here is identity. i can do with you and my friend the whole year. you can drink and eat together if you don't know i'm gay. the moment i identify that i'm gay, that's where the problem comes. >> now it could get even worse. despite international condemnation, both uganda and nigeria's parliaments are set to vote through harsh anti-gay laws.
uganda's maximum penalty will be life in prison. >> we're outraged because this goes beyond the principle of nondiscrimination. it goes against the principle of privacy of individuals, and sexual orientation is really a question of the right of an individual to choose how they want to live their lives. >> reporter: david, a prominent kenyan activist, says it goes further. he says gays are often denied the right to health care and legal help. their only option is to hide. >> being open about your sexuality has caused people to be killed. >> exactly. and in many cases it's not even an option really. it's either that or death. >> reporter: but on the streets there are supporters of the bills. >> our culture, our traditional culture has no room for gays, and besides that when we add on the christian values, which have been obtained by the nation, then certainly there's no room
for gays. >> i mean, man to woman. not man and man. it's bad. so i don't know where -- it's a bad idea. we don't like it in africa. >> there's a law against gays in the constitution, so definitely they don't have a place. >> reporter: many countries in africa have laws against homo sexuality on the books. even here in kenya. often they are hold-overs from the colonial period and rarely enforced the problem comes, say pushed bpoliticians.laws are then it bemes dangerous r openl gay africans. >> in this day and age if we really believe in human rights, we shouldn't be sitting back and looking at our country engaging that. for whatever reason. >> reporter: ugandan politicians could vote on the anti-gay law in a matter of days. if passed, the gay community in uganda could live even more in the shadows. there is a cease-fire in the
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>> want to take a closer look at a fluid situation going on in the northeast now. some unchartered territory as israel tries to nail down the details of the cease-fire with hamas. they've labelled a terrorist organization. the israelis are not speaking directly to hamas. both sides speaking to the egyptian negotiators. that's happening in cairo. well, egypt, as you know, was key to brokering the cease-fire that happened last week along with secretary of state hillary clinton, but now the cease-fire talks, they're going on taking place amid growing unrest now in egypt over the president's new power grab. s our jim clancy knows the region very well. i want to bring you in to talk about this. i want to show some live pictures whaf we're seeing out of cairo. the crowds are now gathering here. it is dark. a lot of frustration. our reza sayah say people are very afraid of this power grab by the egyptian president. what is the significance? why are they afraid of what is taking place there now? >> it's not even all about egypt. this is really all about the
arab spring. already deep frustrations about not having atakened anything for this revolution, not really seeing subfantive change. suddenly morsi, on the heels of this whole gaza mess, comes along and declares all these authoritarian powers. muslims as well as those that supported mubarak, are worried that he is consolidating power now, and he will never give it up. he says he will do it after the constitution, but how much is he going to get control of that constitution? who is going to write it? >> could he be more dangerous than hosni mubarak? is that possible? >> this is what the people on the streets of cairo are chanting. they're saying morsi is the new mubarak. they don't know the limits of his power. it raises up the dip u.s. diplomat's famous line that the problem with the islamist governments is it is one man, one vote, one time, and they're afraid that they will never get
their revolution that they wanted. >> all right. so the egyptian president, he negotiates this cease-fire. there seems to be relative calm here, but he is aligned with hamas that is in gaza, so is he powerful, is he powerful inside israel as well? is there really a concern on israel's part now that you have the egyptian president, an muslimist, hamas, out of negotiations even more in power after the cease-fire? >> the devil is in the details. israel well knows, it won some important points here. it got the international community's support. benjamin netanyahu, the israeli military, had a right to defend israelis from the barrage of roblgts coming from gaza. the iron dome proved itself to be very effective as, you know, a technological way to deliver -- to, you know, deter all of this. finally, israeli intelligence had identified some of those long range missiles, tracked them all the way as they were smuggled in, had their -- pinpointed them, destroyed them. the question now, can you keep
the resupply of arms from coming in? already there are reports that new shipments are on the way from iran. some are believed to be located in sinai right now just waiting for the tunnels to be repaired to push them through. it is up to mohammed morsi to stop that from the israeli view. >> is there anything -- we saw secretary of state hillary clinton. she went over there, part of this negotiating the cease-fire. that was -- you know, that came out of all those meetings. does she need to go back there? does the obama administration need to get involved? do they need to be worried that you have the egyptian president now who seems tow to be more powerful than he was three days ago? >> seems to be. it depends. we'll see what the outcome of the talks are today. the u.s. officials have to be concerned. not only -- again, just for egypt, but for the entire arab spring. they see here, you know, power being seized. they're wondering -- they know that they've got a financial sword that they can hang over egypt's head. egypt wants u.s. support. diplomatic too. in order to maintain that, it is
going have to cut off that supply of smuggled arms that are the source of these weapons. you know, hamas right now is asking that the airport in gaza as well as the seaport be opened up. i don't think that's going to happen. i think morsi is going to be under a tremendous amount of pressure to prove that he can do what's needed. >> let's turn the topic here because this is something we're going to be watching very closely tomorrow, and it really is getting a lot of attention here. the former head of the plo, yasser arafat, long since dead. his body is going to be exhumed. why are people so fascinated with whether or not he was murdered or it was natural causes? what do we even expect to learn? tell us about the interests here. >> you know, who killed yasser arafat? it's a pajorative question. i knew arafat. he lived a very hard life. he lived a life on the run. he lived a life constantly battling his opponents, and certainly not just the israelis. opponents on all sides. it was very stressful. the evidence here, al jazeera, produced his clothes saying there's pulonium, radioactive
poison in some of the clothing. i don't know what that proves. a french doctor said it was likely a stroke and a blood disorder. what was all of that? we don't know. i don't know if anybody can say that, but, you know, this comes, to me, very fascinating, his old cohort, cofounder of the plo with yasser arafat, mahmoud abbas is going to the u.n. this week to ask for nonmember -- official status for a palestinian state, and, you know, i knew arafat pretty well. i think i could honestly say that if they were to get a state, even nonmember status, unofficial, at the u.n., yasser arafat wouldn't mind being above ground for that. >> oh, boy. >> there's no other way to look at it. >> above ground. it will be -- absolutely. we're going to learn more details about that tomorrow. jim, thanks, as always, for your insights. appreciate it. >> great to be with you. disturbing reminder of the ravages of war. activists in syria say a cluster bomb, this one was dropped on a playground.
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in syria ten children in a suburb outside dam afternooningus have become the latest victims in the ongoing violence. now, fighting has ripped this country apart. activists say more than 40,000 people now have been killed since the first pretest 20 months ago against the regime of president bashir al assad. nick payton walsh shows us what happens when bombs fall in, of all places, a playground. >> these disturbing images show what happens after a children's playground is hit, according to activists by a cluster bomb. refugees with nowhere else to hide apparently hit by a single deadly device dropped by a jet. some cluster bombs released smaller explosives to cause
maximum devastation against softer targets. what do these children have to do with anything, bashir, yells one man. at least ten children killed, according to activists, who said they found the remains of the bomb around the tiny village. cnn can't verify these pictures or claims cluster bombs were used, although human rights watch say activists' images from the scene show cluster munition. activists say civilians have been hit before when the regime has responded to key rebel successes, like the capture sunday of this important air base not far away. >> there is actually no logic at all. it's such a small village crammed with women and children like that. this is what you got from us. well, look what we are going to do. >> the injuries horrific. no matter what the device used. the toll on the youngest and
easiest to kill constant and unspeakable. >> nick peyton walsh joins us live from beirut, lebanon. this is so disturbing when you see this story. it's almost unconscionable. first of all, are they targeting children? did they know this was a playground? what can you tell us? >> we can't obviously tell exactly what the motivation of the syrian recommend eej is, and in the past they denied actually possessing cluster bombs, but in this particular area, there were ongoing military operations, though it does seem, according to activists there, that this was a specific open area where there were refugees. activists say, though, that the -- then from the syrian regime when they conduct this sort of activity it's so punish locals after a significant rebel military success. now, nearby there was an air base taken on sunday. significant victory for the rebels, and rebel activists are saying to us, not something we can verify, but they're saying
that that's the reason why these strikes against civilians happened, suzanne. >> do we have any idea if the syrian government has responded at all, is even aware of what has taken place on this playground? >> reporter: they've want spoken specifically about this. they say they have used cluster bombs, and they have maintained they don't attack civilians despite a consistent body of evidence. it does appear civilians often end up being their target, but many syrians than it is specifically about targeting certain things. we've seen some of the planes they have in the sky lack the technology to pinpoint their targets and occasionally just drop explosives. a cluster bomb does extend to be used more jurorsly, and in this particular case you could argue they may have intended to hit that target. no evidence to that effect right now.
if their own children are out there playing and a play grouped is hit, they must feel like they have to keep their kids indoors and they can't really live a full life. >> that is a question many were asking, what are these children doing outdoors when there was military activity in the area. they say they're refugees. they don't have at kwat shelter and strong buildings to seek protection from this kind of thing, but it really changed the mentality of people living now for nearly 21 months with this kind of combarredment or military presence or ongoing unrest. i think many syrians now have given up on our side and really hope that perhaps the radicals or military hard liners in their midst can see some sort of end to this conflict, but also many syrians we spoke to already saying they just want the violence to stop. don't really care who comes out on top of it, just want life to go back to normal. suzanne. >> nick, are they responding?
we know there are 400,000 people that have left syria. they've gone to turkey and lebanon and elsewhere. are more people just giving up and thinking, you know what, we're just going to pack up and leave? >> the difficult question exactly where to go and is live going to be better for you in that particular case. now, certainly getting out of syria is for many a huge plus. it's difficult for them in turkey in many ways. there are many syrians here in lebanon where i'm standing here trying to eek out a living, perhaps working as cal wal labor or staying in the camps unregistered around here, but many people trying to find a life elsewhere in the region, and that's where we see the spillover, the impact economically on the countries all around syria and a real sense this is to your knowledge into more of a regional problem after 21 months of this brutal revolt inside the country, suzanne. >> nick, thank you so much. this is a disturbing story. thank you for bringing it to us. it is so important. for the second time in a few days fire started in a bangladesh clothing factory, and nobody was killed, but it took
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>> reporter: in a remote town in northern mexico, a 10-year-old boy is struggling with his homework. oscar is getting extra help from his father because he is having trouble adjusting to his new school. >> when you left you were in, what, fourth grade? >> third grade. >> reporter: the fifth grader is technically a foreigner in his father's land. he was born in arizona and is a u.s. citizen. >> do you know the pledge of allegiance? can you say it for me? >> i pledge allegiance to the flag to the united states of america. >> reporter: his family moved back to mexico after arizona approved the toughest immigration law in the united states. >> has it been difficult for you to be here in mexico? >> kind of. >> why? >> because i have to speak another language. >> ones core's 6-year-old sister, angie, also is an american citizen. she says she misses american stores, bigger houses, and parks.
their parents oscar and maria lived in arizona for 13 years as undocumented immigrants. >> translator: we would feel persecute and harassed. we felt bad. it was nerve racking. especially when we had to go out to go to work. >> translator: it was difficult because we had everything there. we had to leave everything behind and return to mexico. it was difficult. >> reporter: they say they endured years of living in fear in the u.s. public sentiment was growing against undocumented mexicans, so shortly after the strict arizona immigration law passed in 2010, they moved back to mexico. according to the pew hispanic center, net migration from mexico to the united states fell to zero or less from 2005 to 2010. this means the number of immigrants coming into the country is likely equal or smaller than the number of those leaving, although the study said some left the u.s. unwillingly.
they were deported. back in mexico angie speaks her a, b, c's in english. >> a, b, c, d, e, f, g -- >> she has yet to learn them in spanish. the family is among the fortunate ones. oscar was able to find a job only a few months after returning here to his hometown in northern mexico. maria is managing a restaurant and both kids are enrolled in school. maria has been helping angie with her spanish while oscar teaches his son math. both parents say they try not to think about what might have been while the children frequently seem to miss the life they had across the border. >> rafael romo jones us. rafael, you spent some time with that family. how are they doing? do they think they've made the right decision? >> they think they made the right decision for their kids, but when you are with them, it's very noticeable how the kids feel out of place, especially at school. >> they don't speak spanish. >> they don't speak spanish to
begin with, and oscar was telling me that one of the things that he enjoyed at his school in the united states was the fact that he had all these books on all kinds of different topics that he could read, and in mexico that's quite limited and one of the problems that he has had so one of the things that he misses, and angie was saying i miss the parks. you know, we would go to the parks, and the parks there are bigger, and you have a lot of playgrounds and that's one of the things that -- >> did they ever consider to apply, to be legal? say i'm going to go through the application process so my kids can stay? >> the migration reality for that family is that they were not eligible to apply. the parents had been in the united states for 13 years, and in the best of cases even if they went back to mexico and applied, there would be a ten-year wait. now, because the children are american citizens, once they turn 18, they do have the option of returning to the united states. >> as citizens, yes. >> god knows what's going to happen in the next ten years. >> is it just the immigration laws that ares making people now
go back? is that part of the problem -- the solution or the problem, depending on how you look at it? >> for this family it seems to be the driving factor, but when it comes to all the other families who have left, you have to talk about the state of the economy. they are not able to find jobs that they used to, and also, it's becoming more and more dangerous to cross the border. not only because of the -- what happens at the border, but because the mexican border states are increasingly under the control of mexican drug cartels, so if you put all of that together, it's creating this situation where mexicans are returning to the united states in record numbers. as a matter of fact, a million mexicans return to mexico between 2005 and 2010. a rate that has want been seen since the 1960s. >> that family finally, do they a desire for their kids to go back when they turn 18, to go back to the united states? is that part of the plan? >> the main problem right now is trying to redefine their life in
mexico. luckily, both parents have been able to find jobs. the kids are going to school, so that's not necessarily a case for some of the families who have returned, but the big question now is now what? do we just forget about the life we had, or do we somehow try to apply or hope that the new obama administration may introduce a bill that would benefit families like them. >> keep up with them because we want to keep up with you and want to keep up with that family and see what happens. rafael, thank you. very interesting. >> thank you. this guy, he is ending the year on a high note. rory mcilroy is not only the world's number one golfer, but he is one of the richest. you've been busy for a dead man. after you jumped ship in bangkok, i thought i'd lost you. surfing is my life now. but who's going to .... tell the world that priceline has even faster, easier ways to save you money. . . on hotels, flights & cars?
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is just 23 years old. he already has two major championships under his belt, and he is a number one player in the world. with this week -- the win this weekend he cemented his reputation of cnn's done. he is joining us to talk a little bit about this. wow. so i don't follow golf. you got to fill me in because this guy sounds like is he it. he is the real deal. >> he has been up and coming for a few year's time. he has had a phenomenal year. he has idolized tiger woods throughout his teens, and city target to look more and more like tiger woods. playing in a red shirt on a sunday, scoring five birdies towards the end of a round when the pressure is on. he has just become a really dominant player, and in dubai on sunday he did something which really marks him out as argue bring the next tiger woods because he topped tiger's earnings from tiger's incredible 2007 season. he finished way ahead of him. can i tell you exactly how much. tiger won $10,867,000 and a few
cents on top of that, but rory for 2012 has won almost $12 million, an absolutely stagger ago chooechlt. he top the money list in both the u.s. and in europe, and he just had a phenomenal year. >> he was tweet about it too. what an unbelievable way to end an unbelievable year. couldn't be happier. thank you to everyone for their support throughout 2012. anything more for this guy? i mean, where does it go from here? >> he is just getting started. he has only won two major titled. he says he wants to win two more next year. the two he has won so far, by the way, were absolute blow-outs where he beat the opposition by eight strokes on each occasion, which is a huge margin of victory in golf. he was a huge star of the ryder cup this year. do you remember, he was the player that nearly missed his tea time, and had he to arrive in a police car, and heed out and still won his match with no warmup. there is nothing this guy can't do. the big thing for him next year is he has signed a contract with nike. he won't be using his titlist
clubs. that will make him a lot richer. he could earn $250 million over the next ten years with nike, but, of course, he will have to play with some new clubs. can ae dapt to those? i pri thi he probably can. he is a very talented guy. >> tell us very quickly here a little bit about him personally. we know tiger woods got caught up in the scandal and heats now part of his life story. what do we know about this guy? he is only 23. >> yeah. well, he is from a town where you could perhaps say he was destined for greatness. he was born in hollywood, northern ireland. he already is a major, major star. he was a very, very promising youngster. i said he turned professional five years ago in 2007 when he was the top amateur at the british open. people who read gossip magazines might know him more with his relationship with a very famous tennis player. you see caroline quite a lot on the tour with him. her game hasn't gone so well since she started daying rory. he seems to have gone to bigger and better things. >> hopefully they'll grow together. >> they live like a young, fun
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a spy on a mission to kill caught with poisonous pens and flash light that shoots bullets. sounds like a james bond movie, right? south korean authorities say they seized the weapon from an assassin from north korea. our paul hancock has a exclusive look at him. >> reporter: an assassination attempt foiled. a north korean spy is arrested on the streets of seoul. this was a year ago.
this is the first time south korean intelligence officials are showcasing the weapons. exclusively to cnn. >> how does this work? >>. >> translator: this poison needle was made to look like a parker ballpoint pen. there is a tube inside here. in order to activate it, we have to twist it towards the right three to four times and then press the top part like this. >> if you are shot by this pen, what happens to you? >> translator: it would cause muscle paralysis very quickly chshgs would lead to suffocation and death. >> reporter: the second pen shoots a poison-filled bullet which penetrates the skin. the powdered poison is then released. these pens look like they belong in a james bond movie. is it new technology, or is this quite old, quite basic technology? >> translator: these pen weapons are not new. north korean spies have had this technology for about ten years,
but this flashlight is new. we've never seen this weapon before. if you look at the front, there are three holes. there was a bullet in each hole, and here is the trigger. this is currently loaded and dangerous. two bullets remain. >> reporter: forensics experts fired one bullet to test the gun disguised as a flash right. it was accurate and deadly and almost impossible to identify as a weapon. when police arrested the would-be assassin, he was carrying all three weapons. none had been fired. this man was his target. defector and anti-pyongyang activist, renowned in south korea for sending anti-regime propaganda leaflets across the border in balloons. he was due to meet the would-be assassin who had claimed he wanted to fund his activism. south korean intelligence agents stopped him at the last minute. >> translator: i didn't believe they would try and kill me on
the crowded streets of seoul. i thought the national intelligence service was overreacting. >> reporter: we showed hak the weapons intended to cull him. he hadn't seen them before in such detail and seemed shocked. >> translator: you would note the gun, but these weapons are so innocuous, you could easily kill someone. i would have been killed instantly. >> reporter: hak knows he is at the top of north korea's hit list and has round the clock police protection. having seen the weapons intended to kill him, he says he knows there will be more assassination attempts, but he will not stop his activism. paula hancocks, cnn, seoul. want to get a quick look at the stock market update. first full day of trading since last week's thanksgiving holiday. investors seem more concerned with the fiscal cliff than with reports that the holiday sales were up shortstoply over the weekend. the dow down 71 points as the week rolls out, we'll be watching talks in europe over the latest release of bailout
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of music. the band's two-hour high octane concert included old favorites like jumpin jack flash and giddy shelter. several photos from around the world caught our attention today. take a look at this. in england queen elizabeth met a british sniter dressed in full cam flaj while touring the home. they provided security for the royals, and this is one of our favorites of the day. in japan celebrities unveil a stack of 600 million yen. that is $7.3 million. tickets for japan's year-end jumbo lottery went on sale today. a lump sum without taxes. in tokyo a shopping center lit up like an ocean of blue lights. they're going to be on display for the next 28 days until christmas.
a whole lot of clicking going on. americans have spent one billion shopping on-line already, but is it going to help the sluggish economy? we want to take a look at that. the senate back from the holidays to try a pullback from the fiscal cliff. some republicans, they are now abandoning their new higher taxes pledge. let's get to it. just an hour or so, the senate is going to reconvene after taking a break for thanksgiving. it's the lame-duck session, as we know, but lawmakers got plenty to do. not much time to do it. congress and the white house have just 36 days to reach a budget deal to prevent falling offer the so-called fiscal cliff. if not, it would trigger more than $500 billion in automatic spending cuts and tax hikes. a series of tax increases and spending cuts that could do damage to the economy.
they also sounded warnings. >> we can and must get an agreement. otherwise, i think, first of all, the markets are going to start reacting. >> it's not a done deal, and it's not a certainty. if congress does nothing, which congress has gotten pretty good at doing these days, we'll go over the fiscal cliff. >> staffers have been working behind the scenes to find common ground to prevent across the board cuts lawmakers say should concern everyone. >> you should be worried if you have a fence job, and we all ought to be worried if we are dependent upon other aspects of the federal budget, whether we're worried about the regulation of our food safety, whether we're worried about our borders being secure, or whether we're worried about an fbi being supported. >> a key sticking point is what to do about taxes? democrats and the president want to raise tax rates for the wealthy. republicans don't. more are now siding with grover norquist who have gotten lawmakers not to support any effort to raise taxes.
>> it's fair to ask my party to do -- i will not raise tax rates to do it. i will cap deductions. only if democrats will do entitle the reform. it's not yet clear what lawmakers and the president will meet next, and a final deal could still be a long way off. >> we rarely see the hill and the white house make decisions early. i would be pleasantly surprised to see a deal emerge earlier than the end of the year, but we'll see. >> this week just might bring the parties one step closer. >> want to bring in our white house correspondent dan lothian. hi, dan. good to see you. >> how are you? >> over the weekend it was like watching an alternate universe. you have republicans jumping ship and reversing themselves on a pledge thafts very strong. i mean, grover norquist saying
there's no tax pledge. here's a little bit about what we got. a taste of this weekend. listen. >> times have changed significantly, and i care more about this country than i do about a 20-year-old pledge. i think we owe the debt, and we to figure out a way to pay it. >> i agree entirely with saxby chambliss. a pledge you signed 18 years ago is for that congress. if i were in congress in 1841, would i have signed a declaration of war against japan. the wourld has changed, and the economic situation is different. there's a lot that has been said about this pledge, and i will tell you when i go to the constituents that have re-elected me, it is not about that pledge. it really is about trying to solve problems. >> all right, dan. you got all these republicans who are basically reversing themselves. what is the white house thinking about all of this? the president? does he feel like now it
strengthens his hands going into these negotiations, the next phase? >> you know, the white house would certainly be uncourage bid this. as you know, the republicans for so long have been holding very fast on this line of, you know, spending cuts, spending cuts, spending cuts and no tax increases, and now you have these key republicans saying that they'll break from this pledge made back in the 1980s. you now have eric cantor, saxby chambliss, peter king, lindsey graham and bob corker all saying to some degree or another that they would be willing to step back from it. certainly encouraging, but as you saw in that piece from a while ago from athena, there is still some distance between both sides as the clock winds down. >> and, dan, folks who came from those meetings with the president last week and they say that he in those meetings spoke very generally about the possibility of reforming these entitlement programs, big programs like medicare, medicaid, that type of thing, is the white house willing to put on the table specifics regarding the kinds of reforms in those big, big entitlement programs?
>> if so, this is something that is happening behind closed dooshz, and they're not saying so publically. republicans have been looking at the health care reform law since the election time now, during the campaign to try to roll it back, to have it repealed. many attempts there. they were hoping that if they had won the election, that they could have also repealed it then, and now, of course, the president wins. they have on to set their line, and they say we want the wealthy to pay more in taxes. we want those, the middle class, those under $250,000 to not see their taxes go up. that's sort of the starting point for both sides, and they work back from there. >> one of the things we heard from speaker boehner was that he still wants obama care to be on the table here because he still believes that it should be repealed. does the president see that as a nonstarter, because that was really the major accomplishment
of his first administration. >> right. you know, some would say that that is really a nonstarter in these negotiations. again, this is just something that some believe that, you know, you have the speaker sort of setting his position where he wants to start from in negotiations. he believes that this is something, the health care law, that the country can't afford, that it's just too expensive to keep it intact, so he is using that as an area to sort of pull in some revenue. again, you know, both sides still seem to be far apart, but after that last meeting, just before the president went to asia they came out of that meeting saying they felt confident that they could find areas of agreement that they could get this done before the end of the year. we'll wait and see. >> all right. 36 days, dan. 36 days. we're counting down. thank you, dan. grover norquist not going to go away quietly. he is defending his organization's no tax pledge. he says despite what we've just heard from those republicans, nobody is backing down. here's norquist this morning on
cnn's "starting point." >> no pledge taker has voted for a tax increase. we've had some people discussing impure thoughts on national television. however, even lindsey graham, if you listen to him, he would support higher taxes if it was used to pay down the debt. of course, it won't. it would be spent. >> one familiar billionaire is, again, calling for the rich to pay just a little more. in an op ed column today's "new york times" investor warren buffett add slow indicates a minimum tax on what he calls the ultra rich. he says it will not wreck the economy. "the ultrarich, including me, will forever pursue investment opportunities." >> republican senator john mccain says that he is open to changing his mind on susan rice. now, if she's nominated to become the next swuf state, mccain, he now says he has, of course, been critical of her. she's the current u.s. ambassador to the u.n. she is under fire from republicans for initially saying that it was protesters, not
terrorists, who launch the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. rice says she went with the information that the intelligence community gave her at the time. mccain now says he is not going to block her nomination. he is going to give her a chance to explain. here's how he explains that. >> i give everyone the benefit of explaining their position and the action that is they took. you'll be glad to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with her. >> all right. i want to bring in our foreign affairs correspondent jill dougherty. the president threw down the gauntlet at a press conference a few days ago. here's what he said. >> as i've said before, she made an appearance at the request of the white house in which she gave her best understanding of the intelligence that had been provided to her. if nor mccain and senator graham
and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. >> so, jill, do you think it was that warning that motivated senator mccain to change his mind? what does he get out of it? >> you know, i think it's hard to say at this point. obviously, the president is indicating that were she to be the nominee, he would stick with her, but they're not saying that yet, and, you know, i think on this fight about benghazi right now, a lot of official advisory come forward. the dni explaining that the talking points as they're called were changed. if that reference to al qaeda was taken out. one to be an intelligence issue. i think what's happening is there is no final answer yet on everything that is concerned with benghazi until those
investigations are completed, and those investigations, of course, are the fbi investigation and then also the state department's own investigation. so at this point it's not -- i don't think it's really getting a lot of traction. there's not a lot of change. you have ambassador rice coming out and saying that she raid the points that were presented to her by the intelligence community, but then there was one senator who said, well, she should have gone further. she should have investigated or questioned those. those are all legitimate questions. i don't think that they are going to be totally resolved. i think the questions are going to continue until there might be some type of resolution, you know, when the whole very sad and tragic affair is understood. >> all right. we're going have to leave it at that. i want to have more questions for you in i bit. here's what we are working on also for this hour. >> the thanksgiving turkey is gone, but cyber monday is in full swing. retailers are hoping your on-line shopping cart is
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middle east, the end, america's moment." thank you for joining us. first of all, you know, people are just kind of paying attention again. thursday everybody is sitting down for turkey dinner. mohammed morsi, at the time, being viewed as a peacemaker in the cease-fire between israel and hamas. well, now this truce, the dust isn't even settled. the truce now morsi is now taking all this power and saying that he ultimately is in charge of many, many different aspects of the country. almost like a dictator. how significant do you think this is? >> well,, suzanne, very, very segment. i mean, he anointed himself as supreme leader with absolute powers. in many ways, what mohammed morsi is trying to do is to recreate the imperial presidency. there is no authority according to the new decree by mohammed morsi, there is no authority in ejust a minute that can override any decision by him. this tells you a great deal of how important what he did. the reality is that he has
succeeded in unifying the opposition from the ultra left to the ultra right. the opposition that was fragm t fragmented and fractured and now is basically united in a position to what mohammed morsi did. i think, suzanne, that he miscalculated a great deal i don't think he appreciated the response of ordinary egyptians who feel very outraged by the sweeping powers that he basically -- he invested the powers in himself, which is very, very ironic. >> it's very much like mubarak. you have protesters on the streets now. can they get rid of him? >> well, i mean, suzanne, no, they cannot get rid of mohammed morsi because he was elected. >> right. >> by a majority of egyptians. >> what kind of recourse do they have? >> he has done is to slow egypt into a constitutional and political crisis.
the judiciary is standing up to mohammed morrissey. you have now critical segments of egyptian people who are basically challenging mohammed morsi. this is healthy. let's not lose sight of the fact that you have tens of thousands of egyptians back on the streets in order to protect democracy. >> people are terrified what mohammed morsi is trying to do is to undermine the democratic process. the separation of powers, the rule rule of law, and accountability, and that's why you have people on the streets in the last few days zoosh you see the people on the streets. i mean rshgs these folks -- are they looking for help or looking for guidance from the united states, from other allies, or is this something that should be left for the egyptians to sort out and figure out themselves?
>> i believe that the egyptians will be able to meet the challenge. i 3w4r50e6 that, in fact, the challenge facing mohammed morsi now is how to climb down. how to stand down without losing face. you'll see in the next few days a formula. he and the judiciary will find a formula for him to stand down because basically the situation cannot go on. remember, suzanne, what he has done now, he basically now exacerbated social and political tensions. the egyptians lost almost 10% of its value in the last few days. egypt has a major social and economic crisis, and morsi has proven to be a praying mattist overall. i think he is looking for a way out, but, of course, he wanted to save face. >> all right. thank you so much. appreciate your insights. as always. it's an american institution, the twinkie, right? now its parent company, though, is bankrupt. thousands of people stand to lose their jobs. we'll talk to the head of hostess.
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2001ingies, ho ho and wonder bread. union busting. we are talking about the demise of the hostess brand. a bankruptcy judge gave the ob for hostess to shut down. that is after a last ditch effort at a deal regarding pay and benefits between the bakers union and the company. now more than 18,000 workers could be unemployed. who is to blame? both sides seem to be pointing fingers at the other. the union says corporate execs created business plans that were failures. hostess says striking workers dealt a death blow to the company, which was too financially unstable to survive this strike. joining us, the ceo of hostess brands. glad you could be here with us. explain to us why was it that hostess and the union could not come up with some sort of agreement, a deal, to save these people's jobs? >> i wish i knew the answer to that, suzanne.
i mean, i think that the reality is that we actually had deals with our largest union, the teamsters. it was really the bakers union, our second largest, that rejected the deal. we had 12 unions in total. we had several other unions accept the concessions. i don't understand the logic behind the bakers simply rejecting the contract and striking and forcing the liquidation. >> you're the ceo. certainly wasn't there any wiggle room on the company's side? >> well, in effect, the easy answer to that is no because they were presented with the same package that everyone else was going to accept. you know, the hard part of that is that they really weren't making demands in terms of anything additional. they simply rejected the contract and then went on strike. i would say that there's a bad history, i think, here. i came in in march, but i think there were poor management decisions. i think the company was overlevered, didn't make capital investments. there's plenty of blame to go around. >> could the company -- the management, you say, it was basically bankrupt when you got
there. could they have put better business practices in play here so it never got to this point? >> well, i think it's a combination of the two. right? i mean, i think that the company did not have the funds for capital investment on the one hand. on the other hand, the company had really unworkable union work rules where one person could only handle cake, one person could only handle bread. those made no sense, and it drove the cost structure up. at the end of the day the multi-employer pension plans, the union plans that were so sort of toxic to outside investment really precluded somebody to come in and put more money in to make those capital investments. >> i want to read a couple of authors here who noted the deal here. they had been following. john nicolas of the nation says "the workers did not ask for more pay. they major wage and benefits concessions to make the company viable. he says that the former ceo of hostess got a 300% pay raise
while his employees took a 30% pay cut. how is it that blame on the unions is -- i mean, how do you blame the unions for this? >> well, again, i'll go back. so the decision over a year ago to increase management pay was a terrible decision. when i learned about that decision after coming on board this year as ceo i reduced the compensation of those remaining to $is a year, and a couple of those stuck it out, and formed the backbone of the reorganization plan, but it was a bad decision? absolutely. it was a terrible decision over a year ago. the bakers union, the teamsters voted to accept the concessions. other unions voted to accept the concessions. the bakers union voted not to accept, but they made no other demands and, in fact, they went sort of radio silent. >> i want to move beyond minuta here. you have asked for $2 million in bonuses for executives. is that part of the problem here? you have a lot of people who could potentially lose their jobs. >> you must be talking about sort of the liquidation
wind-down plan. >> sure. >> what we're engaged in now is we're trying to maximize the value of the brands and sales of the brands. we have a lot of interest in those primarily because they are now uncoupled from the union contracts and uncoupled from some of our antiquated plants. the snent i6 and retention plans are put in place to keep employees on hand until we get done winding the company down, so, in effect, what you are saying to those employees is i want you to stay and work yourself out of a job. either three months from now or six months from now or 12 months from now. the only way you do that in the real world is you give them some reason to stay besides just their regular pay. >> all right. we have to leave it there. we're running out of time. gregory rayburn, thank you for joining us, and we do want to note as well that there are other companies that are vying for the brands, twinkie and the cakes and all that kind of thing, so the twinkie could sur vooef after all, but we are sorry you guys work out a deal with the employees. thank you very much. appreciate your time. shoppers already spent a record $1 billion.
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>> there's the rich and then there's the powerball rich. the jackpot now at $25 million. the cash payout is almost $279 million. those are both records, and they're just the current estimates before the next drawing wednesday night. millions more likely to boost. i think i might pick up a ticket or two. if you are one of those folks who didn't win, of course, the powerball over the weekend means you are probably stuck looking for holiday bargains like all of the rest of us. today good day to do it. psycher monday. we are likely to spend around $1.5 billion, shopping on-line. want to bring in alison kosik to show what it means, this cyber monday. everybody is shopping on-line. you know, a lot of hype around
it. >> still, you said it. the expectation is people are going to spend $1.5 billion just today on-line. that does happen. that would break the previous cyber monday record. over the years the cyber monday game has kind of changed. they're doing that by staggering their deals. you know, some came last week. others came over the weekend. of course, a big bang happening today. there's some really good discounts out there today. some that i saw. one example kate spade is doing a 75% off cyber sale until midnight. handbags that can you usually get over $400 are being sold for anywhere from $100 to $200.
toys "r" us offering deep discounts as well. regardless of how early the -- it's a key time for all retailers. stores can make up to 40 therz of their annual revenue so, they really pull out all the stops. >> are you starting to convince mre. the handbag, all that. does this make a big difference? >> think about it. consumer spending makes up almost three-quarters of economic activity, so the holiday season is absolutely huge. you know, not just for individual retailers, but the help of the broader economy. it also creates jobs. retailers will have hired up to 625,000 seasonal employees just this year, and true, you know, a lot of those jobs are temporary. a lot of retailers do wind up keeping some of those workers on. target retained about 30% of their holiday employees they hired last year, so there's always a chance it can become permanent employment for a lot of people. >> if you have to do your shopping now, giver us some stuff that maybe you shouldn't
be buying during the holidays? >> there's a whole host of different opinions on this, but a majority of analysts say many of these bargains, believe it or not, they don't turn out to be bargains at all. there are some that you should avoid or at least delay, and, first of all, toys, believe it or not. those people at deal news say the prices for toys they don't bottom out until about two weeks before christmas, and that's because retailers, they want to cash in on the surge and demand right around thanksgiving. you're not going to see prices on toys drop until they feel like they have to really put those deep discounts into effect. the latest digital cameras, the new models typically come out around february. if can you wait until then for the newest model or get an older model for cheaper when the price drops, that would be the best thing to do. also, jewelry and watches. this is peak season for those types of gifts. also hold off on tablets and brand name tv's. i don't know what else is left.
you can sort of search around and feel like you're not getting a great deal on. >> okay. i might just hold off on my spend and my shopping just a little longer. i'm kind of a last minute gal anyways. thank you, alison. >> good for you. if you really feel like you got to shop on-line today, we'll make it easier for you. we'll bring in our mario armstrong. he is hln's digital lifestyle expert. mario, hi. good to see you, always always. >> how are you? >> you need for start shopping now, suzanne. here's the deal. a lot of people are struggling in this omy. nee r money to be stretched cymo i in i a gd day.fan of app lls help one that lov yre somethingnd t pr drps ouem,ñódn sppcompar$s. compe tha pice,doit.itoesn't ha protections asar$129. that's a good deal.
ave a, lis. we got to mention this. tomorrow is giving tuesday. right? >> yes. >> give to your favorite charity, yes. it's a big deal, and it's getting bigger. right? >> it is a big deal. i'm all for this. here's the bottom line. people are spending money. you need to be able to have some of that money be donated to organizations that really need your help. there are a lot of sites that are out there as well as apps that help you direct some of your funds to a needy nonprofit. >> all right. i like that. mario, got to let you go there. we're going to be giving on tuesday. >> socially conscious. >> and buying one of the powerball tickets as well. >> thanks, suzanne. if you are thinking of buying, picking up a flatscreen tv for cyber monday, you might be surprised to find out that it might have been made here in the united states. today is smart is the new rich. christine romans shows us one american manufacturing company is bringing in jobs and bringing them back by making tv's. >> reporter: this assembly line in kent, michigan, is humming
again. it's auto country. workers like michael cox are building televisions. part of an industry that largely left when manufacturing jobs were outsourced in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. >> there's lots of things that went overseas. it would be nice to see a lot of that stuff come back. there's a lot of people here that need a job. we're willing to do just about anything to work. >> elemental electronics has reshored from stateside. the parts are still imported, but large screen tv's are now assembled, checked, and packaged in america. >> consumers want more large screen tv's, and it has created an opportunity to bring that production here to the united states. away we've found is that we can produce, assemble tv's here in the united states and we can do that for about the same cost. >> and assembling these tv's here means better quality control and quicker delivery to retailers like target, wal-mart, and costco. so far element has created 100 jobs here. across the country the number of jobs for skilled factory workers
is up 38% since 2005 suggesting at least some of the millions of outsourced jobs are making a round-trip helping former autoworkers like shelby get back to work. >> they closed my plant, and so i was out of a job for two and a half years, so it was kind of hard to find something for a while there, but thank god for here. stuff is being made in america, so that's good. >> reporter: christine romans, cnn, new york. one of hollywood's most recognizable voiz. well, now morgan freeman is use it to support same-sex marriage. americans are always ready to work hard for a better future. since ameriprise financial was founded back in 1894, they've been committed to putting clients first. helping generations through tough times. good times. never taking a bailout. there when you need them. helping millions of americans over the centuries.
>> it's been four weeks since superstorm sandy ripped through the northeast. new jersey commuters finally able to take the path trains to lower manhattan again. stations resume service today along the world trade center line. you can see here how floodwaters gushed into the commuter rail stations in new jersey after sandy hit. crews had to remove millions of gallons of water from the tracks and platforms and fix those
damaged switching systems. hoboken's path storage had the worst damage. it remains closed. talk about adding insult to injury. the long island power authority slapped its customers with normal electric bills. we are talking about folks who had spent weeks without power due to superstorm sandy. well, the power company acted as if the outages never happened. they charged customers an estimatedrated rate that covered the entire billing cycle. actor morgan freeman is putting his voice behind a new ad. here's what he said. >> freedom, justice, and human dignity have always guided our journey towards a more perfect union. now across our country we are standing together for the right of gay and lesbian americans to marry the person they love. >> this ad by the human rights campaign is already airing nationwide. voters in maryland, maine, and washington state legalized same-sex marriage. dozens of batches of a popular
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an alarming pregnancy rate has the american academy of pediatrics recommending that doctors talk to thirteen patients about emergency contraseptive. the group says doctors should be willing to write a prescription for emergency contraception if thirteen patient immediate it. they also say teens should be told it is only for emergencies and shouldn't be used as a regular birth control method. millions of americans take cholesterol lowering drugs, but one of these drugs is now being recalled for possibly containing specks of glass. specks of glass. elizabeth cohen is here to explain how on earth this happened and whether or not -- is anybody hurt, first of all? >> not that we know of. not that we know of. the company that makes this drug announced a recall and didn't mention that anyone had been
hurt. doesn't mean no one has been, but as far as we know, no one has been hurt, and we're told that these are little specks of glass less than a millimeter, and i'm just going to give you the name of it so people know because there's lots of different kinds of generic lipitor. we're talking about atorvastatin, and this was made by lipitor. this was made by ranbaxy pharmaceuticals. that's the kind under discussion right now. >> if are you taking these drugs, you think you are taking these drugs, are you at risk? what should you be doing? >> i am sad and aggravated to tell you that i can't answer that question. here's why. the only thing that's been said about this is a one paragraph press release that's on the drugmaker's website. it doesn't tell people what to do. we've been trying to call them and trying to call the fda for two days, and nobody will talk to us. >> how does this happen? glass particles and no explanation? i mean -- >> no explanation. well, the issue here is that this is being called a retail level recall, which we're being
told by some people that that means you can keep taking this stuff, and only the pharmacist need to worry about this. the big mail order prescription service, they told us, oh, yeah, if it's in your cabinet, keep taking it. nobody has told us what to do. the fda emails, phone calls, everything for two days, and nothing. >> now, as far as how this happened, unfortunately, you know, the fda is not there every minute of every day to inspect drugmakers to inspect their plants. they're there every other year. that means things can happen. >> we want to follow-up on this because obviously there's still a lot of the unanswered questions. it would create a lot of concern and worry if are you one of
those people that is on that very popular drug. >> lipitor is one of the best selling drugs of all times, and this is a big -- this generic maker is one of the big ones. >> all right. stay on them. >> i will. i am. >> i am e-mailing all the time. >> all right. thank you very much. appreciate it. for more information about the recall, can you go to cnn.com/empowered patient. so question. was the late palestinian leader yasser arafat poisoned? the remarkable story up next. try this... bayer? this isn't just a headache. trust me, this is new bayer migraine. [ male announcer ] it's the power of aspirin plus more in a triple action formula to relieve your tough migraines. new bayer migraine formula. home of the legendary grand prix circuit. the perfect place to bring the all-new cadillac ats
a mystery eight years in the making. tomorrow, a team of experts, they're going to exhume the body of the late yasser arafat. to test the body for rare radioactive element. they think the former plo leader may have been poisoned. frederik pleitgen has the story. >> reporter: the circumstances of his death remain a history. was the palestinian leader poisoned? a team of international scientists will try to find
clues working behind this blue tarp, exhuming his body and taking samples for forensic analysis. i consider it a painful necessity, the lead investigator says. this is necessary to reach the truth in the death of president yasser arafat. arafat died in 2004 after a short and severe illness. doctors were never able to determine the cause of death. even as his body was laid to rest, rumors began to circulate yasser arafat might have been murdered. a recent investigation found traces of the radioactive substance pulonium, used in assassination attempts in the past on some palestinian leaders. french authorities launched a murder probe and now experts from france, switzerland and russia will examine arafat's remains, also looking for a possible concentration. the exhumation process will only take a few hours. samples will be independently analyzed in labs in russia, switzerland and france and it is unclear when the first results
will be made public. in his lifetime, and even after his death, yasser arafat remains a towering figure for palestinians. but despite wanting to know the circumstances behind his illness, not everyone agrees with the exhumation. i don't support the exhumation process, this man says, because the opening of the grave is disrespectful and insulting. >> i have no objection to exhuming him as long as it is done by professionals and in total respect of the leader. >> reporter: of course i am against it, he says. it is insulting to the martyr and to the palestinian people. the palestinian authority has accused israel of being behind any poisoning of arafat. a claim the israeli government refuses to comment on. it is not clear if pulonium can be traced on his remains eight years after the palestinian leader's death. if heightened levels are found, the next question for investigators would then be who
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